Federation Overview
Meet the Board




Amy Bardwell, President of CentralCHRIE

[email protected]


Welcome to CentralCHRIE!

Hello all,

I am very excited to serve as the CentralCHRIE Federation President for the 2023-2024 term. My name is Amy Bardwell, I am an Associate Professor at Illinois State University, where I am actively engaged in curriculum development and program coordination for the Food & Beverage Management major. I have also had the opportunity to serve on the CentralCHRIE board of directors since 2020, initially as the Director of Education (2020-2022), and then as the Vice President (2022-2023). I am looking forward to this year and the opportunities it presents for CentralCHRIE.

It was great seeing many of you at the annual conference in Phoenix, AZ this summer. Thank you to everyone who voted in the CentralCHRIE elections. Please join me in congratulating our new board members and welcoming back our returning board members.

Amy M. Bardwell, President, Illinois State University

Lu Zhang, Vice President, Michigan State University

Susan Gordon, Immediate Past President, Purdue University

SoJung Lee, Secretary, Iowa State University

Craig Webster, Treasurer, Ball State University

Lan Li, Director of Education, Northern Illinois University

Vernetta Kosalka, Director of Industry Relations, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ally Lee, Director of Marketing, Purdue University

Yeasun Chung, Director of Members Services, Oklahoma State University

Shawn Jung, Director of Networking, Purdue University

Hugo Tang, Director of Research, Purdue University

CentralCHRIE is continually seeking ways of engaging our members through interactive events. This year, our annual CentralCHRIE Conference is being held in conjunction with Purdue University’s Spirit of Hospitality Summit on October 19th and 20th in West Lafayette, Indiana. The event will include industry keynotes, breakout sessions, and a CentralCHRIE poster session. Registration is now open! We hope to see you there.

Don’t forget that our monthly ZoomIN! events are held on the fourth Friday of each month. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook for the latest on those sessions. If you are interested in presenting one of the sessions or have an idea for a session, please contact the Director of Education, Lan Li at [email protected].


Amy M. Bardwell, PhD

CentralCHRIE President (2023-2024)



We hold monthly ZoomIn! sessions at 1PM CT every Fourth Friday, so please follow our social media for the latest on those sessions. If you are interested in presenting one of the sessions or have an idea for a session, please contact Lan Li at [email protected]. Afterall, we continue to put the central in CentralCHRIE by focusing on our members!

Join us for our next ZoomIn! 

SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming ZoomIn!  

We invite you to our upcoming ZoomIn Event where we spotlight important topics every fourth Friday of the month.

September 22nd
1 PM Central Time

Speaker: Paul Sanchez, Iowa State University

Topic: Entrepreneurs as Prime Targets: Insights from Mexican Ventures on the Link between Venture Visibility and Crime of Varying Severity

For further details about the speaker and session, please see the attached flyer.

Zoom Details: Click here to join or copy and paste the following link:

Meeting ID: 820 2222 5539
Passcode: 224855

Hope to see you there!

2023 CentralCHRIE Fall Conference

We would like to welcome you to the upcoming 2023 CentralCHRIE Fall Conference! This year's conference, in partnership with the Spirit of Hospitality Summit at Purdue University, promises to be a remarkable gathering of industry professionals, renowned keynote speakers, and groundbreaking research presentations.


ZoomIn! Rewinds

Friday, December 2 - Dr. Chris Roberts and Dr. Misty Johanson from DePaul University present on writing external review letters for the tenure and promotion process.



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